Whitmer calls for abuse of Reconnect program during state address
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer advocated for misusing Reconnect program dollars for taxpayer-funded college tuition for all tonight during her 2023 State of the State address:
“Now more than ever, as Michigan families struggle to afford the inflated costs of everyday items, taxpayers simply cannot afford to foot the bill for Gov. Whitmer’s unrealistic plans to institute taxpayer-funded college for all.
“Michigan’s Reconnect program was never intended to fulfill such heavy-handed promises. It was meant to provide targeted scholarships only to adult learners returning to school to earn their first associate degree or skilled trades certification.
“This is yet another example of the governor’s efforts to score partisan points at the expense of hardworking Michigan taxpayers. The people I represent see through her antics and aren’t interested in footing the bill for her reckless promises.”
“The CCP’s authoritarian governance, human rights abuses, unfair economic practices, national security threats, disinformation campaigns, and lack of reciprocity all warrant caution,” Fink said. “Every legislator in this group of bill sponsors offers a unique professional experience related to the issues at hand: veterans, a farmer, a health care worker, a teacher, and more.”
“Sen. Lindsey is a Yale graduate and decorated soldier who chose to return to Michigan rather than pursuing a career anywhere else in the world, as he certainly could have,” Fink said. “Further, as a representative for the people of several of Michigan’s border communities, he knows better than anyone the toll that bad policies take on our population as our young people leave for neighboring states.”
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) demanded stronger accountability measures for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC). The representative criticized the Commission because of its recent controversy surrounding ethics violations, as well as the fundamental lack of accountability measures built into the Commission itself. The MICRC is composed of 13 commissioners appointed by the […]
“This budget plan will lead to lasting consequences in future years when we won’t have surplus dollars in the billions,” Fink said. “What’s worse is that this irresponsible plan doesn’t even include appropriations to fulfill the basic needs of communities like ours. Given the governor’s supposed commitment to roads, I was hopeful her friends in the legislature would prioritize local road and bridge improvements, but that’s not the case.”